Friday, January 19, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
"My grandma, Joan Davis, passed away this weekend. She was the strongest person I have ever known. I have been writing down my memories of her because I don’t want to ever forget how unique she was.
As a young girl during the depression, she owned two dresses and slept on the porch of a two-room cabin. She and her siblings canoed across a lake to get to a one-room schoolhouse each day. She learned to forage for berries and other edible plants from her mother, something she did her whole life. I will always remember when she made watercress sandwiches straight from her creek.
She loved learning. She graduated from school early and went on to college at 15 or 16, rare for a woman in those days. She became a teacher and later a school psychologist.
She raised six children, on her own part of the time. She went through her share of hard times in life, but she was resilient and a survivor. She lived alone on 80 acres for 40+ years, chopping her own wood well into her eighties. She savored her solitude, and loved nothing more than spending all day outside in the woods."
Friday, January 5, 2018
To Purchase Go HereIt seems like almost the whole country is in a deep freeze. The definition of that depends on what is "normal" for you in your local. One of my sisters is keeping the towels close by her heated outdoor pool for the unusually cold weather. Another sister drove to her swim club in a crisp -6˚ morning. That seemed pretty surreal to her. One thing you can tell from this post is that I have sisters (several more) and we like to swim. Swimming is big in my family. My nephew is currently undergoing the intensely rigorous Coast Guard Rescue Swim program in North Carolina. He is about half way through and his original class of 16 has dropped to 3. His brother is working hard at OSU and a big part of that is his swimming. He is an Olympic qualifier and has broken numerous records at the school. My mom instilled a love for swimming in us and she continued to swim almost to the end of her life. She was an artist too, but that is another subject. I hope you are staying warm and enjoying the things you love to do. Thanks for putting up with my bragging...Go Figure!